Can you clone a Linux hard drive?

Linux provides a lot of software for cloning your hard drive. In the Linux operating system, cloning is copying hard drive data to any image file or drive. You can use a pretty good range of hard drive cloning software, for which we thank a thriving Linux open-source community.

What is the command to clone a hard disk in Linux?

The dd command in Linux is a powerful utility used to copy and convert a file. As in Linux, everything is considered as a file; even your hard disk drives. Hence, dd can also be used for cloning disks and partitions.

How do I copy a Linux drive to another drive?


  1. Mount both your source and destination partitions.
  2. Run this command from a terminal: $ sudo cp -afv /path/to/source/* /path/to/destination. Don’t forget the asterisk after the source path.
  3. After the command finishes copying, shut down, remove the source drive, and boot the live CD again.

How do I clone my entire hard drive?

How to clone a hard drive

  1. Boot up third-party software or the System Image tool. Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool called System Image to help transfer your hard drive.
  2. Start the cloning process.
  3. Finish the cloning process.
  4. Connect new hard drive.
  5. Make your new hard drive bootable.

How do I clone Ubuntu from HDD to SSD?

Now let us go step by step and do what you want.

  1. Step 1: Boot from live CD/USB. Use the try Ubuntu without installing option.
  2. Step 2: Identify the disks.
  3. Step 3: Shrink.
  4. Step 4: Copy partition.
  5. Step 5: Switch HDD with SSD.
  6. Step 6: Boot live CD/USB again.
  7. Step 7: Copy from the external hard drive to SSD.
  8. Step 8: Reinstall Grub2.

How do I make a bootable disk after cloning?

With the following simple steps, your computer will boot Windows from SSD at once:

  1. Restart PC, press F2/F8/F11 or Del key to enter the BIOS environment.
  2. Go to the boot section, set the cloned SSD as the boot drive in BIOS.
  3. Save the changes and restart the PC. Now you should boot the computer from the SSD successfully.